The Best Up and Coming Weight Loss Tech
Weight loss is a big business, which means that tech companies are constantly churning out new tools, trends, and gadgets to keep consumers hooked. Smart scales and fitness trackers, in particular, are booming, in no small part because the technology has improved immensely. Here’s a highlight of what’s out there already:
As the “internet of things”—household devices that can connect to the internet—continued to grow in 2016, smart scales were inevitable.
This wi-fi enabled scale streams your BMI, body fat percentages, and of course, your weight directly to your Fitbit account. Up to eight different people can use the scale, so you don’t need one for every member of the family. Best for those who’ve already gotten a Fitbit and know they like it!
This smart scale uses Bluetooth to pair with your iPhone (it’s not Android compatible). It’s basically a weight loss coach and scale in one. It tracks your weight, bmi, hydration, and body fat percentage. Once you’ve weighed in, its accompanying app helps you come up with a plan to lose your unwanted pounds by suggesting dietary and exercise routine changes.
Trackers are already hot, but they’re getting hotter. They’re becoming easier to integrate with other technology, and increasingly more accurate.
Jawbone UP Move
This tracker is particularly intriguing thanks to its small size and versatility—it can be clipped on your clothing, or popped into a band and worn on your wrist. There are dozens of different color combinations. But the most interesting thing about the Jawbone UP Move is the Smart Coach in the app. This is your own personal digital trainer. It makes recommendations for you, but that’s not all. The longer you wear your UP, the more it will “learn” about your habits, and the more customized your recommendations will become!
FitBit Charge HR
FitBit already has an enthusiastic fan base, and the Charge HR is only going to add to it. It syncs, of course, with FitBit’s comprehensively developed app. It offers continuous heart rate tracking, but perhaps the most appealing thing about this tracker isn’t fitness related at all. It’s battery life: the Charge HR only needs to be charged every four or five days.
Tech Isn’t Everything
Technology can help us lose weight, and undoubtedly it will continue to improve to do just that. But remember, weight loss isn’t really about gadgets—it’s about taking care of your body better. So, while you log everything in FitBit while the Aria streams your weight to your account, don’t forget about the simple, natural ways you can support your weight loss, like making a hot tea with seeds from Nuez de la India. They might not have an LED screen, or be Bluetooth compatible, but they work, and make you healthier in the process.
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